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What you will learn in KS3

Depending on which carousel they are on, students will learn Textiles for one year out of year 7, 8 and 9. During their year of study in Textiles, students will learn technical skills which will enable them to design, plan and make creative pieces which have been influenced by a variety of artists, designers and makers. They will also draw inspiration form a wide range of other sources including; the media, their own experiences and other cultures.



Term 1

Year 7 – ‘Family Feet’

A sock sculpture project inspired by the artist John Murphy, puppeteer and maker, Jim Henson and a family member of their choice.

Year 8 – ‘The Seven Deadly Socks’

A sock sculpture project inspired by the ‘seven Deadly Sins’, animals and personality traits. Students plan, design and make a mythological creature which starts life as a pair of socks.

Year 9 – ‘Icons’

A sock sculpture project inspired by students own favourite world icon. They will produce in depth research about their icon and caricature drawings. From this, they plan, design and make their icon from a pair of socks.

Term 2

‘Felted Landscapes’

This is a collaborative project in key stage 3. Pupils each plan, design and make a fabric and felted landscape. Joined together, they will create a colourful giant wall hanging for a space in the school.
All pupils in key stage 3 will learn basic pattern making, 3 – dimensional felting and decorative hand embroidery.

Term 3

‘Cultural Flags’

Each pupil in key stage 3 will make a flag. The inspiration for their design will be the Olympics, their own heritage and culture and the Queens Jubilee.
Pupils will learn how to transfer their design onto their flag using; poly-block printing, block printing and tye-dye. They will also learn use a sewing machine safely to construct the shape of their flag.

 

What you will learn in KS4

Examination Level: GCSE

Examination Group: EDEXCEL
Examination Value: 40%(Practical Exam)

An examination paper is given out at least 6 weeks in advance to enable students to prepare. The practical exam lasts 10 hours (2 school days) and is worth 40% of their entire grade.

Coursework Structure: 60%

Examination Structure:

An examination paper is given out at least 6 weeks in advance to enable students to prepare. The practical exam lasts 10 hours (2 school days) and is worth 40% of their entire grade.

Coursework Structure: 60%

Art and Design: Textile Design

The ‘Textile Design’ course includes several endorsements which are; Printed Textiles, Fashion Textiles, Fine Art Textiles, Dyed Textiles and Constructed Textiles. Students need to work in any x2 of these areas (in both their exam and their coursework) but these will naturally overlap and interchange as work develops.

The coursework counts as 60% of the entire GCSE grade. The coursework consist of 1 unit and is divided into x3 projects; Natural Forms and Urban Environment. They will also sit a mock exam in year 11 which will feed back into their coursework portfolio, so they will have x3 projects in total.

Students will experiment with a wide range of traditional and contemporary materials, techniques and processes. They will / may gain experience (depending on individual ideas) in any of the following; 3-d sculpture, wire, embroidery, batik, transfer printing, appliqué, weaving, felting, dying, printing, collage, hand-painting, spray painting, stenciling, modroc and I.T. They will record observations and ideas in different formats including drawing, painting, photography and written annotation. Students will gather ideas from a wide range of sources such as; artists, photographers, designers, illustrators, sculptors and gather information from the world around them and will use it to facilitate imaginative and exciting outcomes.

Career Value

Gaining a certificate in Textiles Design will enable students to progress onto other higher courses such as; Art and Design; Fine Art, Photography, 3D sculpture, Design and Technology Textiles and Graphics.

Pupils could then progress onto further education courses, internships and work experience which could allow possibilities for careers in Fashion Design, Fashion Photography, Marketing, Illustration, Costume Design and Theatre and Set design. It is an opportunity to work within other creative industries including; music, television, film, theatre, advertising and the media.

 


A ‘ Level - Textiles in the Sixth Form (*Projects subject to change)

Art and Design: Textile Design

60% Exam – Externally Set Assignment
40% Coursework – Internally Set and Assessed

Students entering onto the A’ Level Art / Textiles course need to possess a good ability to draw in a range of different materials. They must have also possess a thorough understanding of how to sew using a machine and by hand. Most importantly, they must possess the capacity to be imaginative, work independently and be passionate about their work. You must also be able to write well. Some knowledge of construction is desirable but not necessary.

Textile design involves creation, selection and manipulation across a variety of practices. Contemporary practice is often a hybrid activity that brings together different features of textile disciplines, using combinations of different disciplines freely and often embracing both traditional and contemporary technologies.

The tools used in textile design are wide ranging, encompassing traditional hand crafts and computer-aided technology, for example, hand embroidery and computerised sewing machines, knitting machines and looms. Natural and manufactured materials including paper, wire, tissue, gauze, plastics, re-cycled packaging and cloths such as silk, wool, cotton, polyester and hessian are used to address aspects of design in fashion, furnishing and fine art.

In the context of this specification, disciplines include constructed textiles, dyed textiles, printed textiles, fine art textiles and fashion textiles. Students will be required to work in one or more of these disciplines.

Year 12

Unit 1 – Coursework

Students should submit supporting studies and practical outcome(s) from personal starting points. Work to be submitted for final teacher assessment. Centre marks are submitted to Edexcel in advance of sample moderation.

Unit 2 – Exam

Students should submit supporting studies and practical outcome(s) in response to the given theme.
The externally set paper will be available to centre staff during January of each year as a paper copy and through the secure content section of the website. The papers should be released to the students from 1 February. The timed element of eight (8) hours is carried out under controlled conditions at any time at the centre’s discretion after the papers are released to students.

Unit 1 comprises of three ‘mini’ projects designed to help build your creative sketchbook and technical skills.

  • Stitched up society – Drawing with fabric and stitch, current issues and the media.
  • Cultural Body Adornment - Sculptural fashion, historical costume, extreme beauty.
  • Site-specific Installation – Construction techniques, fabric manipulation.

Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment

Students will start their A2 - Unit 3 (year 13 project) at the end of year 12 in June.

Year 13 – A2

Unit 3 – Coursework – ‘Individual Practical Work Title’

Students should submit supporting studies, 1000 – 3000 words investigating artists and designers work and practical outcomes from personal starting points. The personal starting points / topics will be discussed and decided between the teacher and the student. Inspiration will come from themes / topics and interests taken from student’s year 12 strengths.

Unit 4 – Externally Set Assignment

The externally set paper will be available to centre staff during January of each year as a paper copy and through the secure content section of the website. The papers should be released to the students from 1 February. The timed element of twelve (12) hours is carried out under controlled conditions at any time at the centre’s discretion after the papers are released to students.

Students will be marked on the following assessment objectives throughout the whole course including their exam:
AO1 - Develop their ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
AO2 - Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops.
AO3 - Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on their work and progress.
AO4 - Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, oral or other elements.